Issue 100: SportsPro Years - 2013

SportsPro has now been in print for ten years and 100 issues. To commemorate that landmark we’ve delved back into the industry decade gone by in SportsPro Years. Here we look at 2013, the year that brought us Lance Armstrong's big confession.

Issue 100: SportsPro Years - 2013

One of the great myths of the decade before was finally obliterated in 2013.

Lance Armstrong finally admitted to Oprah Winfrey that the seven titles he had won in cycling’s Tour de France – not to mention the many other accolades and endorsements he had accrued through a glittering career after fighting back from cancer – had been built on a lie. He had, as was increasingly suspected, taken performanceenhancing drugs to pull clear of the competition.

A further doping scandal in athletics – where leading sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell were among those to fail tests over the summer – deepened the malaise. So there was much for an incoming cohort of sports leaders to consider on arrival. In September, at a session that also saw Tokyo awarded the 2020 Olympic Games, Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), replacing Jacques Rogge. He would soon establish his grip on the organisation in pushing through his Agenda 2020 reforms.

In the commercial world, Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor emerged as the successful bidder for the longavailable industry mainstay IMG. Further capital investment would turn the new WME | IMG into a disruptive force, with its litany of sports and entertainment partnerships and takeover of mixed martial arts promotion UFC reshaping the landscape.

The Quote

London is absolutely a wonderful and logical place to be – a great global city, one of the great cities of the world

Shahid Khan, owner, Jacksonville Jaguars – Issue 50

Landmarks

  • Boston Marathon stunned by terrorist attack
  • IPL spot-fixing scandal shakes BCCI
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr signs six-fight deal with Showtime worth at least US$200 million
  • ATP executive chairman Brad Drewett dies